MAGA hat-wearing metro pusher who accused Mexicans of taking our job & # 39; while pushing the Spanish immigrant on tracks, he gets eight years in prison
- Willie Ames, 49, was sentenced to eight years in New York City on Friday
- He attacked Luis Lopez, 26, at the Union Square station in April 2018
- Shoved Lopez on the track as he screamed about Mexicans, victim says
- Lopez testified that Ames shouted: & You come here and you take our job! & # 39;
- Ames was convicted of severe assault and other bias-driven attacks
- Attacker has a crime record, including for a murder in Virginia
A man wearing a Make America Great Again hat while putting a Mexican immigrant on the metro tracks and injuring him while screaming insults were sentenced to eight years in prison.
Willie Ames, 49, was convicted Friday in Manhattan court for his assault on 26-year-old Luis Lopez in April 2018 on uptown no. 4-train platform at the Union Square station.
& # 39; Ames, there is no place for violence in a civilized society, and certainly no room for racial animus and hatred, "the judge said when she uttered the sentence.
The attack apparently unfolded as a verbal altercation on a No. 4 train and flowed onto the platform as the train entered the station.
Willie Ames will go to the Manhattan court on Friday to take the punishment in an underground attack. He was sentenced to eight years for attacking a Mexican immigrant
Victim Luis Lopez testified last month in the Willie Ames trial. He said Ames shouted, "You come here and you take our job!" and & # 39; You bring drugs! & # 39; while pushing him on the tracks
Ames is shown in a video surveillance video after the attack, which led to a huge manhunt
& # 39; You come here and you take our job! & # 39; Ames is said to have been called to Lopez, a Mexican citizen who works in construction. & # 39; Bring drugs! & # 39;
Ames hit Lopez in the head several times before pushing him off the platform, the court heard.
Lopez was knocked unconscious when he fell on the tracks. He had to have his head wound stitched.
During the trial, Ames testified that he only wore the MAGA hat because he thought it was funny that a black man would promote President Donald Trump's famous campaign slogan.
& # 39; I just wanted to see how people (will) respond to that & # 39 ;, he testified.
Ames is seen last month during the trial with his lawyer. Ames testified that he only wore the MAGA hat because he thought it was funny that a black man would promote Trump
Ames enters the court to be sentenced Friday. & # 39; Ames, there is no place for violence in a civilized society, and certainly no room for racial animus and hatred, & the judge told him
Lopez also testified during the trial and insisted that he and his friends didn't start the argument by putting Ames to his hat.
He said Ames started insulting him and attacking without provocation.
After the attack, the NYPD launched a massive manhunt led by the Hate Crimes Unit, a circulating surveillance video from Ames to the media.
Ames was detained a few days after the attack on Staten Island.
A jury acquitted Ames on an attempted assault in the first degree as a hate crime, but he was convicted of other bias-driven assertions and aggravated intimidation.
After his conviction on Friday, Ames grinned and giggled when he was taken out of court
Ames has a lengthy crime report, including a murder conviction in Virginia.
He was arrested in 2008 after being found to throw bleach at people in a deli, and in 2015 he was accused of stabbing a man above a dice game. The outcome of those cases is unclear.
Ames had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the attack on Lopez.
After his conviction session on Friday, Ames laughed and giggled as he was led out of the courtroom.
Since his arrest, Ames has been detained on Rikers Island without bail. He is now being taken to the state to serve his prison sentence.
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